First Chapter – First Paragraph (January 24th 2017)

first-chapterEvery week, Bibliophile By The Sea hosts a Bookish Event which is to post the First Paragraph from the First Chapter of the book you are currently reading.

Feel free to join in and pop around to see a few of the others (making sure to drop in on Cleopatra Loves Books of course). The book I am currently reading was suggested by a friend of mine and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it as it is also a trip down memory lane for me.


It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest. I was sitting in my hideout watching cartoons when the news bulletin broke in on my video feed, announcing that James Halliday had died during the night.

I’d heard of Halliday, of course. Everyone had. He was the video game designer responsible for creating OASIS, a massively multiplayer online game that had gradually evolved into the globally networked virtual reality most of humanity now used on a daily basis. The unprecedented success of the OASIS had made Halliday one of the wealthiest people in the world.


Amazon UK ………………… HERE

Amazon US ………………… HERE

24 thoughts on “First Chapter – First Paragraph (January 24th 2017)

  1. I’ve heard great things about this book but, don’t think it’s for me. I appreciate you joining us and sharing this week.

  2. Thank you so much for giving me a shout out – I did like this opening although this isn’t my normal choice of genre – that’s what I love about this meme, you get a glimpse of books that you wouldn’t even read the first line of otherwise!

    • Very much so. I used to be stuck in my way of books. I would only ever read Star Wars Expanded Universe books until someone persuaded me (after a few months of trying) to read Love In A Time Of Cholera. Not a normal one to change genre to, but it worked and it has been a few years since I last read a Star Wars book.

  3. I have this one ready to go! It’s still a few down on my TBR but it will definitely be read in the next few months. I hear it is fabulous, especially if you have an appreciation for 80’s culture, which I do… Have a great week!
    Laura 🙂

    • Thanks Laura. I stopped reading my current book to give this one a go. I was reading a series – stopped reading that to read another book (in a series) stopped reading that to read another book (in a series) and then went on to this one lol. I think I will go backwards until I get to the Game of Thrones books again.

      This is a good book, the 80s was my teen years, so I remember a great deal from it (the 90s was my rebellious drugged filled years lol)

  4. I have this one on audio and keep meaning to listen to it. I’ve heard so many good things about it and think that the cultural reference would be a lot of fun. Seconding your nudge to send people by Cleo’s blog. 🙂

    • Thanks Kay. It really is a fun book. Especially as I was in my teenage years throughout most of the eighties, I see so much of what I did. References to films, games, TV shows. The first major reference is The Last Starfighter.

      It was Cleo who got me into the weekly book things and brought back my love of books.

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